Roasted Tomato Salsa

A crowd pleaser Roasted Tomato Salsa – bright, tangy & so flavorful! It’s always the star of parties served with tortilla chips. Also great on tacos, tostadas, with chips and everything you can get your hands on!

A white bowl with salsa placed on a rustic tray with a green bottle on the side
This recipe for tomato salsa will be your new favorite salsa to make. Guaranteed!

You know that salsa that everyone loves and raves about when you’re at a party? This Roasted Tomato Salsa is it!

Everyone should have a go-to homemade Mexican salsa recipe in their arsenal. I know jarred salsa is so convenient, but there’s nothing like a homemade one. This is the best tomato based salsa but if you’re looking for a dried chile one, I recommend you check out my Chile De Arbol .

A white bowl with roasted tomato salsa placed on a rustic tray with a green bottle on the side

Ingredients

The ingredients for this Roasted Tomato Salsa are available at any grocery store. Easy to find & easy to make!

  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • The juice of one large lime
  • 5 roma tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 red bell pepper cut in half, seeds removed
  • 2 to 3 jalapeños or serrano peppers for a spicier salsa
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon red wine or champagne vinegar
  • black pepper & kosher salt
Charred broiled tomatos and jalapeños on a baking tray
This salsa with Roasted Tomatoes and Peppers will be your family’s favorite!

How to make Roasted Tomato Salsa

1 – Let’s start by adding the onions and lime juice in a small bowl. This process will take away the strong raw onion taste. Set aside to marinade while we roast the other ingredients.

2 – Spread the tomatoes, bell pepper, jalapeños, & garlic over a baking sheet and broil about 3 inches from the heat (top of oven) for 15 minutes or until the top of the vegetables are roasted .

3 – Once the vegetables are cool, add to a food processor along with the onions and cilantro.

4 – Pulse a few times or blend briefly until the onions & cilantro is roughly chopped.

5 – Transfer to a bowl and add the vinegar, salt & pepper.

6 – Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat. Store in an airtight container up to a week.

Backlit photo of a bowl with roasted tomato salsa and chips on the side
A Roasted Salsa Recipe that everyone will love!

FAQs

How do you make roasted salsa from scratch?

To make roasted salsa from scratch, you can roast them in the oven using the broiling method, grill them or roast them using a skillet until the skin becomes charred. It is best to use fresh produce when making roasted salsa.

Do you peel tomatoes before roasting?

There is no need to peel tomatoes before roasting. Once the skin becomes charred, you can remove it prior to pureeing the tomatoes or leave it. However, when making this roasted salsa recipe, it is best to leave the skin on as the charred skin is what gives that delicious deep flavor.

How long does homemade salsa keep?

Tomato based salsa lasts about 5 to 6 days stored in the refrigerator placed in an air tight container. Dried chile based salsas last 8 to 10 days.

Chef’s notes on Roasted Tomato Salsa

Roasting tomatoes for salsa in the oven deepens their flavor and creates a mild sweetness that helps balance the heat and acidity. 

If you decide to use serrano peppers instead of jalapeños, do note that they’re generally much hotter. You can also do a combination of both peppers for extra level of spiciness.

A white bowl with roasted salsa placed on a rustic tray with a green bottle on the side

Roasted Tomato Salsa

Servings 3 cups
Ana Frias
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
A crowd pleaser Roasted Tomato Salsa – bright, tangy & so flavorful! It's always the star of my parties served with tortilla chips. Also great on tacos, eggs, and everything you can get your hands on!

Equipment

  • Food processor
3 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 1 large lime
  • 5 roma tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 red bell pepper cut in half, seeds removed
  • 2 to 3 jalapeños or serrano peppers for a spicier salsa
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon red wine or champagne vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl add the onions and the juice of the lime. Set aside.
  • Spread the tomatoes, bell pepper, jalapeños, & garlic over a baking sheet and broil about 3 inches from the heat (top of oven) for 15 minutes for or until the top of the vegetables are roasted .
  • Once the vegetables are cool, add to a food processor along with the onions and cilantro.
  • Pulse a few times or blend briefly until the onions & cilantro is roughly chopped.
  • Transfer to a bowl and add the vinegar, salt & pepper.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat.

*Ana’s Notes:

Tomato based salsa lasts about 5 to 6 days stored in the refrigerator placed in an air tight container. Dried chile based salsas last 8 to 10 days.

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NUTRITION

Serving: 1/2 cup | Calories: 40kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 287mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g

The nutritional information and US conversions are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this data. If this is important to you, please verify with your favourite nutrition calculator and/or unit conversion tool.

The story behind this salsa

The credit for this recipe’s inspiration goes to my dear childhood friend Ilse from my hometown Obregon Sonora as she’s the one I tried it from first. She took my Salsa Mexicana recipe and combined it with a couple of other steps from our friend Claudia’s salsa.

So clever!

She added red bell pepper and the pickled onion. This elevates my original salsa to a different level!!

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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    My favorite go to salsa. Have used this at a lot of parties. Everyone always comments and devours this with tortilla chips.

  2. 5 stars
    I discovered this recipe last summer, tried it, and loved it! I have been making it since. I love the delicious smell and taste of roasted veggies. Thank you for sharing it. I’ll definitely keep visiting your website for more wonderful ideas.

  3. 5 stars
    I’m so happy you loved my salsa, I can eat it all day with almost everything or just with tortilla chips. It’s so essential in my house that as soon as we ran out, my hubby runs off to buy the ingredients. I really love your new blog! Especially the idea to click on the picture to go to the recipe, so clever!